Wild child Lindsay Lohan began her career at a very young age. She made her acting debut in the American soap opera ‘Another World’ when she was 10, and one year later played the role of the sly identical twins in ‘The Parent Trap’. Her career continued to soar when she landed leading roles in movies like ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded’, ‘Freaky Friday’, ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’ and ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. In 2004 Lohan even launched a pop career, releasing two albums that earned praise.
She literally had everything going for her – the world of glitz and glamour seemed to lie at her feet, with movie roles and projects presented to her on a silver platter. She was in a relationship with ‘That 70s Show’ star Wilmer Valderrama, and it seemed as though nothing could ruin the success she had achieved.
Almost nothing. Like many of her colleagues who entered show business at a very young age, Lohan began drinking and consuming drugs to cope with the pressure. The usually top-styled beauty was beginning to show up in tabloid magazines with unflattering images of her stumbling out of nightclubs intoxicated, barely able to walk on her own two legs. She went from one relationship to the next, her love life becoming one of the main subjects of tabloid journalism.
The paparazzi began to follow her everywhere she went in hopes of getting the next drunken photo of the troubled star. In 2006 she began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in hopes of getting over her addiction which, in the mean time, had given her a poor reputation among Hollywood producers and directors, and she was losing out on many roles.
Her first stint in rehab was in January 2007, when Lohan checked into the Wonderland Center. After completing the 30-day stay, she soon reverted back to her old habits. Lohan, who had previously been in trouble with the law for being involved in several car accidents, crashed her car in May 2007. Police found her in possession of cocaine, with traces of it in her blood in addition to alcohol. Just a few months after leaving rehab, Lohan, who was formally charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, checked into Promises Treatment Centers for her second stint in rehab. She left the clinic after a 45-day stint, but was soon booked again by police for driving under the influence of alcohol.
She then checked into Cirque Lodge Treatment Center in August 2007 and stayed until October. During her stint in rehab Lohan pleaded guilty to cocaine abuse and driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to one day in prison, 10 days of community service, three years of probation, and was also instructed to partake in an alcohol education program. She released a statement through her spokesperson saying: “It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs.”
Lohan, who today claims she has not had alcohol in “a long time”, has repeatedly been photographed consuming alcoholic beverages during her year-long relationship with DJane Samantha Ronson. Many accused Ronson of being a bad influence on her. Now that the relationship appears to have ended, maybe Lohan will finally be able to get her act together and stay sober.
Lindsay’s father Michael, who has himself battled addictions in the past, spoke out about his daughter’s addictions and his fears that she could end up dead. Michael, whose tumulotuous relationship with his daughter was covered heavily in the media, said in an interview with RadarOnline: “I’m going to get her off the prescription drugs that she’s on. I hate it when people talk about illegal drug abuse because it’s not just drinking and illegal drugs that kill you. Prescription drugs can destroy and kill a person and are sometimes harder to stop. Look at Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson.”
While Michael did not mention which prescription drugs his daughter is taking, he did make his sentiments towards her health clear. “You know why Lindsay’s not acting in feature films right now? Because she can’t. Because the girl with all the talent is hidden and buried deep inside this fungus that’s grown because of the prescription drugs. She can’t be herself.”
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